Special Projects Manager

Request for applicants | December 2021


Global Detroit is a regional economic and community development organization. We develop and implement immigrant-inclusive strategies to drive the growth, revitalization and broadly shared prosperity of Detroit and Southeast Michigan. Cities and regions that are welcoming to immigrants are vibrant. They have strong neighborhoods, competitive companies, successful small businesses, and a rich and diverse cultural life. By intentionally including immigrants in our economic development strategies, we aim to spark growth, revitalization and sustained prosperity in Detroit and throughout Southeast Michigan. We work as trusted connectors, architects of ideas and change agents to build a high-growth, prosperous and inclusive regional economy.


Global Detroit is a nationally recognized leader in building inclusive economic development strategies that begins with immigrant families and entrepreneurs, as well as international students and global talent, and leads to lasting change for our region. We are a group of thinkers and doers from Detroit and all over the world. We work strategically to build an equitable economy where immigrants are valued and meaningfully included. As a member of the Global Detroit team, you will have a chance to flex your creative muscles, step outside of what is expected and find new solutions to old problems. We welcome energetic and innovative thought leaders to apply!


Global Detroit’s Opportunity Neighborhoods team is building a vibrant and thriving region with strong neighborhoods, successful small businesses, and, shared prosperity for all by implementing and advocating for inclusive community and economic development strategies for systems change, community cohesion, and social capital. Our team works alongside community members and institutions to ensure that the work is locally owned. We are seeking a skilled, organized and enthusiastic team member to advance this work as our Special Projects Manager. This practitioner will work across disciplines to convene and manage collaborative movements, oversee projects that reduce financial burden for low income community members and support other projects as they materialize. The Special Projects Manager will be a key member of the Opportunity Neighborhoods team, ensuring initiatives and collaborations are well-executed and inclusive from start to finish, with maximum impact. Upon hire, the Special Projects Manager will manage a region-wide collaborative of refugee services providers and an energy assistance program, working with leaders in refugee resettlement, community groups and individual community members, as well as contractors and controllers of The DTE Energy Efficiency Assistance program.


There are two projects that this person will lead when hired. This role may assume management of additional projects over time based on the needs of the organization, and skills and interests of the applicant.

Project Manage Refugee Resettlement Collaborative

The Southeast Michigan Refugee Resettlement Collaborative is composed of organizations committed to serving refugees and other Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) populations working together to address gaps in support in the resettlement process in our region. The Special Projects Manager will work alongside senior Global Detroit team members, providing administrative and project management support to guide the strategic direction of this collaborative. They will be responsible for developing and adhering to a given timeline, ensuring quality deliverables are produced on time.

  • Manage meeting logistics, including working with senior Global Detroit team members and volunteer leaders in Southeast Michigan’ refugee resettlement community to develop agendas, scheduling meetings, setting up audio/visual platform or in person meeting space
  • Attend and participate in Collaborative meetings, capturing content and key takeaways and disseminating them to members
  • Serve as the central point of contact, anticipating and coordinating timely communications among Global Detroit and Collaborative members
  • Serve as the administrator to Collaborative project efforts, as well as work of the Collaborative working groups who are building better integration systems to support the long-term integration of Afghan arrivals and refugees in the areas of employment, housing, cultural orientation and other areas of importance. Most of this work will be administrative in character and one need not be an expert in refugee resettlement
  • Participate in and contribute to project design meetings

Project Manage Energy Efficiency Program

Connect low income residents with life-changing home improvements that save money and reduce energy usage.

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of DTE’s Energy Efficiency Assistance program
  • Conduct outreach to community members who are eligible for this program
  • Provide customer service and as-needed case management for approximately 30
  • residents per month who are enrolled in this program
  • Coordinate with and manage contractor to ensure project completion of projects and
  • accurate documentation
  • Track projects and maintain database of active and completed activities
  • Manage project-related paperwork by ensuring all necessary materials are current and properly filed
  • Adhere to budget by monitoring expenses and implementing cost-saving measures


  • Ability to work effectively with a team and function independently in a fast paced environment
  • Proven time management skills with an ability to handle multiple project and meet deadlines
  • Proficient in computer programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Google Suite
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Passionate about and understanding of neighborhood development, urban planning and community engagement within under resourced communities of color and immigrants
  • Strong problem-solving skills and an ability to independently and thoroughly seek out answers to problems and questions
  • Culturally competent across racial and socioeconomic lines as well as demonstrated experience working with diverse groups of people
  • Commitment to exceptional customer service for under resourced families
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of relevant experience or masters degree in related field


This position is a full- time (40 hours/week) salaried position. Monday, January 31, 2022 is the desired starting date for this position. Salary will range between $37,500 and $45,000 per year, depending on experience, and will include benefits.

Resumes and cover letters will be considered on a rolling basis and should be submitted to ashleigh@globaldetroitmi.org with the subject “Last name, First name, Special Projects Manager”. In your cover letter, please speak to your experience in project management and working with collaboratives as well as why you want to be part of the Global Detroit team.

Global Detroit offers a comprehensive health care plan, including vision and dental; a retirement plan with a 2% employer contribution; 16 days of PTO for starting employees and 11 paid holidays. Global Detroit employees also enjoy time off for a winter break between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

For additional information on Global Detroit visit www.globaldetroitmi.org